Teaching

MCB 402 System & Integrative Physiology (offered in Spring semester; co-taught by Dr. Nien-Pei Tsai and Dr. Erik Nelson)

The aim of this course is to teach advanced undergraduate and graduate students in life sciences the fundamental principles of mammalian physiology. This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the concepts of how the body works. Major emphasis will be placed on homeostatic control and integration of body systems. Diseases resulting in dysregulation of these systems will be highlighted throughout. The course will cover cellular physiology, the nervous and endocrine systems, muscle physiology, cardiac physiology, respiratory physiology, blood and immune homeostasis, renal physiology, and gastrointestinal physiology and energy homeostasis.

https://mcb.illinois.edu/courses/detail/58/

MCB 466 Neuro & Molecular Pharmacology (offered in Spring semester; co-taught by Dr. Nien-Pei Tsai and Dr. Erik Nelson)

The aim of this course is to teach advanced undergraduate and graduate students in life sciences the fundamental principles of pharmacology. This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the principles and concepts applied to modern pharmacology, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, neuropharmacology, toxicology, drug development and clinical trials, and drugs targeting various diseases. Emphasis is placed on the mechanisms of action. The course will cover several classes of drugs, including anti-infective agents, autonomic/central nervous system modulators, neuropharmacology, anti-cancer therapeutics and drugs targeting the major organ systems of the body.

https://mcb.illinois.edu/courses/detail/223/

In an active learning style, case studies and sample MCAT questions will be used to bring relevance to covered topics. Both courses are ideal for those interested in medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, kinesiology, pharmacy, pharmacology or graduate school in the life sciences.